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MBTA faces federal complaint for cancelling late-night service

Posted on July 27, 2016

BOSTON — In a filed federal complaint, transit and neighborhood advocates are saying that the MBTA’s cancellation of late-night weekend service earlier this year was based on flawed data, The Boston Globe reports.

Before canceling a service, transit agencies must conduct a statistical look at whether the cancellation will affect low-income or minority riders more than the general ridership. If the answer is yes, the agency must consider alternatives to outright canceling the service and, if reasonable, implement the new service.

The group argues that the flawed data suggests the move would not have an overly burdensome effect on low-income and minority riders and that it should have taken steps to curb those impacts before ending the service in March. For the full story, click here.

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